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Federation University Australia


*Note* - On January 1st, 2014 the University of Ballarat changed names to Federation University Australia.

Spending a semester or a year abroad at Federation University Australia offers you a unique opportunity for adventure, travel, learning about Australian people and culture, as well as a distinct academic challenge in many areas of coursework.

Federation University Australia, established in 1870, is the third oldest educational institution in Australia. Federation is located in the historical city of Ballarat, state of Victoria, about one hour easy train or bus commute to the cosmopolitan capital, Melbourne, and an hour to the coastal city of Geelong.  Since the university's inception, the student population has grown to more than 18,000 students undertaking studies in 50 specialized areas across nine schools. The UB Arts Academy offers performing, fine and visual and creative arts programs. Other schools within the university offer programs in Social Sciences & Humanities, Business, Education, Engineering, Hair & Beauty, Human Movement and Sport Sciences, Physical Education, Information Technology & Mathematical Sciences, Nursing, Sciences. Tremendous resources are available at the university, including superb library facilities, an ultra-modern aquatic fitness center, a gymnasium, and numerous shops and cafes for you to enjoy.

The city of Ballarat has a unique small-town feel, with many big-city amenities within walking distance or a short bus ride. With 82,000 residents, Ballarat enjoys a wide variety of services, including many educational institutions, medical services, places of worship, clubs, cinemas, shopping centers, world-class sporting facilities and celebrated tourist destinations such as Sovereign Hill, Eureka Stockade Center, and Ballarat Wildlife Park.


City, Country; Ballarat, Australia
Session  Semester and/or Academic Year

Spring Semester (Semester 1): February  - June

Fall Semester (Semester 2): July - November

Requirements 2.5 GPA, Must be second semester sophomore or higher

Spring Admission: October 15, 2013
Fall Admission: April 15, 2014

Application Requirements:
Please complete  & submit:

  1. SUNY application
  2. Federation University Australia Application
  3. Copy of biographical page of your passport
  4. Official Transcript: Please send to SUNY Cortland International Programs Office, 219 Old Main, PO Box 2000, Cortland, NY 13045
  5. Non-Cortland students (only) must return completed Judicial Review and Code of Conduct forms along with application. 

Cortland Students: To ensure that the courses you take abroad will satisfy your degree requirements, you are required to submit he Course Approval Form to the International Programs Office by mid-November for spring term applicants or May 1, for fall term applicants.
Non-Cortland students must speak with their home campus study abroad office for information on the course approval process. 

Travel Information

Spring 2014 Travel Dates:

Departure Date from U.S.:  February 15,2014 (Arrive Ballarat February 17, 2014)

Departure Date from Federation University Australia: June 28th, 2014

Fall 2014 Travel Dates:

Departure Date from U.S.:  July 19, 2014 (Arrive Ballarat July 21, 2014)

Departure Date from Federation University Australia:  November 22, 2014

Program Costs

Spring 2014 Budget **Tentative and Subject to Change**

Fall 2014 Budget **Tentative and Subject to Change**

Accepted students will receive an updated budget as a part of their acceptance packet.

This program qualifies for an Exchange Award, which can result in considerable savings on the total program cost. The Exchange Award is available to SUNY Cortland students only. Please contact International Programs to obtain an application for the award and an exchange budget for this program.

Program Course Information

Please see link below for available Courses/Study Options.  Students will select at least 60 Australian Credit Units (equivalent to 12 SUNY Cortland Credit Hours):

University of Ballarat International Student Course Selection Guide


On and Off-Campus Housing; Partial meal plan or Self-Catering Available

Peter Lalor Hall (partially-catered)

Bella Guerin Hall (self-catered)

Host Website

Federation University Australia website

Why Study Abroad at Federation University?

Discover Ballarat

Ballarat photo album

Student Mentor

Email one of our student mentors to learn more about Federation University Australia from a student's perspective.

Jenifer Aberle and Lesley Harlem, studied at Federation University Australia, Spring 2013 semester.

Program Advisor Contact Gonda Gebhardt, SUNY Cortland Study Abroad Advisor for any  questions you may have